Shared Care Model for Allergy in Australia

Shared Care Model for AllergyScoping a shared care model for allergy – the National Allergy Strategy still wants to hear from you! - 6 August 2019

The National Allergy Strategy continues to engage with stakeholders to scope a share care model for allergy. Scoping involves open discussions, gathering ideas, understanding what is required (including resources), considering ways to progress, and other information gathering.

Consultation with stakeholders has been guided by three phases:

  • Phase 1 – National online surveys of health professionals and consumers (conducted in February 2019)
  • Phase 2 – Face to face consultation with key invited stakeholders (held in April 2019)
  • Phase 3 – Undertaking targeted consultation with key groups/bodies/organisations (August – October 2019)

The shared care model is now in Phase 3 which will involve targeted discussions with key individuals and groups to better understand whether a shared care model for patients with allergic conditions could improve access to quality care, and what the practical arrangements of a shared care model might look like.

Stakeholders are reminded that the consultation process is still open, and the National Allergy Strategy will continue to seek input, views and guidance from stakeholders until October 2019. If you would like an opportunity for yourself or your organisation to engage with the project please contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

At the end of the scoping process, the National Allergy Strategy will submit a report to the Australian Government, Department of Health. Should the National Allergy Strategy be successful in receiving funding to implement a shared care model, to enable successful implementation, further engagement with key stakeholders would be undertaken during the implementation process.

Helpful information

pdfBackground information413.22 KB

pdfGlossary146.7 KB

NAS Shared Care Model Stakeholders Meeting - 5 April 2019

For our face to face meeting, more than 50 stakeholders came together to discuss a shared care model for allergy.

The meeting was facilitated by Norman Swan who helped guide the meeting participants through discussions around what principles should underpin the shared care model as well as discussing the many issues regarding standards of care, access to care, communication, education and training and collecting and managing data.

The meeting was a very helpful and productive activity and the outcomes will help guide the National Allergy Strategy as it progresses with further stakeholder engagement.SCM April 2019 Meeting

Shared Care Model GraphicStakeholder consultation - April 2019

The National Allergy Strategy will be conducting a face to face meeting of key stakeholders to discuss key issues identified by the national online survey regarding a shared care model for allergy.

Health professionals including specialists, paediatricians, general practitioners and nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, ambulance services and consumers will come together to discuss how to improve the delivery of allergy services across Australia, particularly in rural and remote areas. 

Shared Care Model - project overview

The National Allergy Strategy describes a shared care model as a patient centred approach to care that uses the skills and knowledge of a range of health care professionals who share joint responsibility with the patient, ensuring the patient receives the right care, at the right time, from the right health professional(s), in the right place.

The National Allergy Strategy proposes that a shared care model approach may be required to improve access to health care for people living with allergic conditions in Australia. In 2018, the National Allergy Strategy received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to scope a shared care model for the management of allergic conditions in Australia.

The proposed strategy is to scope the requirements for a shared care model for allergy in Australia to:

  • understand how allergy care is currently delivered, and what gaps and local variation exist in access, quality, education and training;
  • identify and understand any issues with the current delivery of allergy care from consumer, patient/carer and health care professional perspectives;
  • explore how to improve access to care for people with allergic conditions (particularly those in rural and remote areas); and
  • determine whether shared care (and the education and training support to go with it), could improve access to quality care for people with allergic conditions.  

Phase 1 stakeholder consultation - February 2019

The first phase of the consultation process is now complete. Thank you to everybody who completed the shared care model surveys for consumers, patients/carers, health care professionals, health administrators, educators and researchers. We look forward to understanding more about the current delivery of allergy services in Australia from your responses.

The surveys were part of a broader consultation process to consider whether a shared care model for allergic conditions might help to improve access to care and quality of care. Further face to face consultation will take place with invited patient and consumer representatives and health professional bodies and organisations (public and private sectors) in April 2019.

For more information about the shared care model stakeholder consultation please read the background information paper. If you have something to say about a shared care model for allergy we invite you to make a submission to us by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You may find the following information helpful should you wish to make a submission:

pdfBackground information413.22 KB

pdfGlossary146.7 KB

If you have an enquiry about the project or would like to register your interest in the project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Content created April 2019

National Allergy Strategy Rationale

Allergic diseases have become an increasingly important chronic disease and public health issue in Australia and other developed countries over the last two decades, contributing to increased demand for medical services, significant economic cost of care and reduced quality of life of people with allergic diseases and their carers.

National Allergy Strategy Websites

All about Allergens
All about Allergens

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Food Allergy Education
Food Allergy Education

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Nip Allergies in the Bub

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Lead organisations

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Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is the leading medical organisation for allergy in Australia. 

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Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is the leading patient organisations for allergy in Australia. 

The National Allergy Strategy has received funding from the Australian Government for the following projects:
Food allergy prevention | Teens and young adults | Food service | Drug allergy

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